Willy Loman is a tragic hero. He fears that while he hopes to be viewed as a good, decent human being, others might not agree. He wants to believe that he's a well-liked, decent person who doesn't make mistakes. However, due to his inability to achieve his unrealistic ideals for himself, he later came to his demise, believing that his death would bring a greater prosperity than what he was originally bringing in as a salesman. Similarly, in F. Despite their best intentions for supporting their families, Walter Younger and Willy Loman encounter unsurpassable obstacles and are unable to fulfill their dreams.
When all hope has been lost, family is the only thing that these characters have left. Identity development is the outcome of different experiences and situations people encounter throughout their lives. Moreover, it implies the idea that business and development appear to have overtaken him. Since the apartment buildings stands too close and quite tall, the sunlight fails to pass through 2.
This suggests the absence of light or enlightenment for the protagonist and his family. For this reason, the characters do not seem to know who they are in reality. In the absence of the sun or a successful son, the protagonist feels barren and therefore tries to replant once more or to try all over again. Moreover, the symbol of the pair of stockings is vital. It represents the guilt and infidelity of the protagonist Sterling What the Diamonds symbolize Success is symbolized by the diamonds in the story.
The diamonds were found by Ben in the jungle Griffin Willy then received a diamond watch fob from him. In order to pay for a course of his eldest son, Willy had to pawn the watch Murphy His attempt to take his own life and his action of leaving money to his eldest son are done to achieve the similar end.
Willy envisions that his eldest son can realize success through the insurance money he will ultimately leave behind. As far as Willy is concerned, diamonds are symbolical of a wealth that is tangible. Those are the things that the protagonist desperately longs for all his life. Ben found a fortune in the discovery of the diamonds. The jungle where the diamonds where found and the darkness of the place may be regarded as a representation of death.
Nonetheless, in relation to Ben, it is symbolical of the industrial marketplace Griffin On the other hand, for Willy, the diamonds signifies his failure in his profession. Willy was eluded by the promise of financial security in spite of his faith in the American Dream, a conviction so firm that he even let go of his chance to visit Alaska.
Toward the end of the story, he is encouraged by Ben to ultimately break into the jungle and redeem his elusive diamond Breitkopf 6. This would mean taking his own life to secure the insurance money he can receive and use it to make give a meaning to his otherwise worthless existence.
The nocturnal and desperate effort he displayed in planting vegetables in the garden represents his shame with regard to his insufficient ability to provide for his family 2. This act also symbolizes his lack of material wealth to pass on to his offspring when his time comes.
He believes that he has labored quite hard. However, he dreads that he may not be able to provide his children any greater help than what his own father has given him. The seeds also serve to represent his sense of failure in raising his eldest son. Notwithstanding the foolproof formula of success that the American Dream suggests, he failed in his efforts to bring up and cultivate his eldest son. What the Stockings symbolize The affair of Willy with another woman is symbolized by the stockings.
There were several instances when Linda was seen repairing her stockings 1. On the other hand, Willy even gave his mistress a new pair of stockings 1. Similarly, he does not give his love to the one who is supposed to receive it. He gives his love to his mistress when he is supposed to give it to no one other than Linda. Consumed by his guilt, he orders Linda to stop repairing her stockings whenever he catches her doing so. The stockings also represent material possession. In this light, Willy believes that he cannot afford for his wife a new pair of stockings.
On the contrary, Linda is more pragmatic than her husband. Rather than, throwing them away, Linda hides them instead. She acknowledges the fact that she cannot afford to waste the stockings or anything for that matter. The pair of stockings bears a metaphorical weight as a representation of sexual infidelity and betrayal.
It is also crucial for his ability to lessen the guilt that he feels toward, and keep back the memory of his betrayal of his wife and son.
What the woods or jungle symbolize Life, most importantly, the risks involved in it are symbolized by the jungle or woods in the story. The character who does not hesitate to take risks in his life is Ben. Literally, he entered the jungle with the intention of realizing his dreams. In this way, he gained control of his own life. On the other hand, the protagonist is afraid and is actually losing his grip onto his life.
When he lost his job, Willy told his sons that the woods are on fire 2. Moreover, Ben tells Willy that even while the jungle is dark, he must nonetheless enter into it 2. However the physical development in their neighborhood altered the case of his garden. The protagonist is attempting to cultivate something for his family. For instance, he wanted to become successful so that he can very well provide for them. Willy was almost a success in doing this. However, he eventually failed to transform is dream into reality.
Toward the end of the story, one of the last things he did prior to his demise is to plant seeds in his garden. It is indeed, a futile attempt. Success, for Willy is something he most desperately craves but never possessed.
What the Brand Names and the Car symbolize The use of brand names in the story, such as Studebaker, Hastings, Simonize, and Chevrolet aids in heightening the realism of the story 1. These brands regarded as status symbols also signify the material success that the protagonist craves for and how it eventually proves to be hollow.
Willy is deceived into believing that the possession of these things is tantamount to success. Perhaps the most suggestive symbol presented in the story is that of the car. Community and family pride are symbolized in the weekend excursions and polishing. Still, the car also signifies the instrument by which the protagonist earns a living. Just like the car, Willy also comes to the point when he wears out Otten What the Rubber Hose symbolizes The appearance of the rubber hose calls to mind the desperate attempt of the protagonist to take his own life.
He tried to commit suicide by inhaling gas 2. Ironically, gas represents one of the most important elements needed to produce heat which is something essential for the comfort and health of his family. Death, in the literal sense achieved by means of inhaling gas is comparable to the metaphorical death that the protagonist feels in his efforts to provide a basic necessity for his family. The theme of death is directly related to the symbolism represented by the rubber hose in the story.
He tries to escape the difficulties of losing his job and his failure to realize success. Deception and grief is also signified by the rubber hose. The deceiving nature of the rubber hose is manifested the moment Biff asked his father about it and the latter denies its existence 2. Likewise, it symbolizes the end of his career as a salesman. The moment Howard, his boss presented the tape recorder to him, it seems that Howard is more interested in the technology and sound of the equipment than on his employee who is trying to stay on the job 2.
Unfortunately, the services that Willy can offer is not longer needed on the job. He is then fired by his boss. Nonetheless, Willy also had his faults.
He does not welcome change and would rather dwell on the past. The scene where the protagonist is left alone with the equipment and unable to turn it off foretells his reluctance to change 2.Notwithstanding the foolproof formula of success that the American Dream suggests, he failed in his efforts to bring up and cultivate his eldest son. Similarly, in F. Nonetheless, in relation to Ben, it is symbolical of the industrial marketplace Griffin This would mean taking his own life to secure the insurance money he can receive and use it to make give a meaning to his otherwise worthless. The symbols also help the audience to better understand the characters portrayed. In this light, Willy believes that he cannot afford for his wife a new pair of stockings.
What the Diamonds symbolize Success is symbolized by the diamonds in the story. Author: Russell Ransom. Willy misspends his meager salary by purchasing a new pair of stockings for his mistress. He gives his love to his mistress when he is supposed to give it to no one other than Linda.
It is also filled with different symbolisms which imply something beyond the tangible world. After interpreting the hidden meanings behind identified symbols in the story, the audience can find it easer to understand the personality of the characters portrayed.
He is not up-to-date with the latest in technology or even in business. He's so excited that his sons want to treat him to dinner that his enthusiasm for the day is boosted and life looks full of promise. Otten, Terry. New York: Cambridge University Press, The contrast that it presents renders the story captivating.
However, he dreads that he may not be able to provide his children any greater help than what his own father has given him. Arthur Miller: A Critical Study. After interpreting the hidden meanings behind identified symbols in the story, the audience can find it easer to understand the personality of the characters portrayed. Biff, his eldest son ran down eleven flights of stairs after stealing a pen from the office of Oliver. However, in his job, what matters is whom you know and not what you know.